July 9, 2013 - It Rock And Roll
 

Day: July 9, 2013

rUK guitarist Ray Russell, a composer and studio specialist for much of the past three decades, broke cover for some dynamic live shows last autumn. He’s aided on a jazz-rock fusion programme here by gifted guests including Gary Husband (sharing the drumming with Ralph Salmins), and the excellent Jim Watson on keyboards. Naturally there are plenty of machine-gun melodies rattled out in unison, galloping drumming and wailing sustain-guitar anthems, and Russell the composer is so eager that some pieces restlessly bubble with sub-themes that could have been tracks on their own. But the leader’s own playing is strong as ever – eloquently nuanced in vocalised long tones, nailed to the beat on swerving fast runs. The Island mixes a wide-horizon melody and a fast funky one, Shards of Providence has a good raunchy hook, Slow Day is a slow bluesy thump with Watson’s Hammond whirring beneath, and Suddenly They Are Gone and Cab in the Rain are graceful rock ballads for Russell in Roy Buchanan mode. Rupert Cobb’s excursion into trumpet electronics – somewhere between Nils Petter Molvaer and 1980s Miles – on Odd Way Out sounds as if it was hastily conceived to vary the prevailing sound, but jazz-rock devotees will certainly want to hear Ray Russell out in the open more often.

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preThe Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been around for 50 years, and this summer, they’ll finally release their first album of original music. That’s It! finds the legendary New Orleans collective linking up with Jim James of My Morning Jacket, who produced the album with PHJB’s Ben Jaffe.As these are all brand-new compositions, band members Ben Jaffe, Charlie Gabriel, Rickie Monie and Clint Maedgen wrote for the album and collaborated with Paul Williams, Dan Wilson and Chris Stapleton on several songs.

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812VnJlvOaL._SL1500_Omar Dykes returns with new music.After all, as leader of those Austin, Texas, firebrands Omar and the Howlers.This time it is his tribute album to Howlin’ Wolf, Runnin’ With The Wolf.

Tracks:

01. Runnin’ With The Wolf
02. Killing Floor
03. The Red Rooster
04. Howlin’ For My Baby
05. Spoonful
06. Ooh Baby Hold Me
07. Riding In The Moonlight
08. Who’s Been Talkin’
09. Back Door Man
10. Worried All The Time
11. Smokestack Lightning
12. Do The Do
13. I’m Leavin’ You
14. Tell Me What I’ve Done
15. Wang Dang Doodle

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DEADThe Deadly Gentlemen, then a trio, recorded its first album in 2008. The current five-man lineup solidified in 2011.And the band has been rising rapidly in the acoustic music scene ever since.They play the instruments associated with bluegrass — guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and bass.
Banjo player Greg Liszt, who has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, toured with Bruce Springsteen on his “Seeger Sessions” tour.Mike Barnett, the fiddle player, toured with bluegrass legend Jesse McReynolds when he was 15. He later became a jazz violinist and played with the David Grisman Quintet and the Tony Trischka Band.Bassist Sam Grisman learned the music from his father, mandolin great David Grisman.Dominick Leslie, the mandolin player, has performed with banjoist Noam Pikelny and the Infamous Stringdusters.
And guitarist Stash Wyslouch grew up in heavy metal bands.
Now, that’s eclectic.

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saRecorded in Los Angeles and New York with producers including John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Metric) and Mark Endert (Fiona Apple, The Fray, Train), The Blessed Unrest continues to display Sara’s signature voice and stellar songwriting. “I have never felt more open and more raw in my entire life. 2012 was a year of deconstruction for me personally,” said Bareilles. “I have been confronting some of my greatest fears in the last handful of months and have been amazed at how empowered I can feel when I muster up the courage to turn and growl back at those monsters under the bed. The songs on this album are a true reflection of everything I’ve come to experience in recent months…”

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vanBeautiful Vision shares much sonically with its predecessor, Common One, being heavy on long, winding song-poems, moderate tempos, dense lyricism, and dated production. Still, this winds up being a stronger articulation of what Morrison was attempting to do on Common One — much like how Wavelength got A Period of Transition right. That doesn’t mean that this is a particularly easy album to warm to, since Morrison seems to be consciously creating an insular world here, only of interest to those willing to delve deeply into his own world, letting his elliptical melodies charm instead of frustrate, to let the leisurely pace seduce rather than lull. Once you do that, the record reveals such charming moments as “She Gives Me Religion,” “Beautiful Vision,” and “Cleaning Windows,” a skipping light R&B tune that became one of his latter-day standards. Too much of Beautiful Vision is the product of a willfully idiosyncratic yet oddly measured vision to make it essential for anyone other than diehards, but moments such as that make it worth a listen.

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FRAFranka De Mille’s debut “Bridge The Roads,” we were told, has an elegant blend of Chamber music and Americana. Skip the first couple of songs and you’ll get the reward of an intimate look through the window of her soul in “Gare Du Nord”. One wonders about the French words in an English song (perhaps to let us know she speaks the language), but somehow she gets away with it, and  even forgive that she has been compared to Patti Smith, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, etc.

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